I’ve gotten myself into a mess. I have so much to do and so very little time to do it all in, that I’m wondering how it’ll ever get done. I’m feeling overloaded and overwhelmed, and I did it to myself. Although I’m excited about each project coming up (in sets of four–all due at the same time, and all to be followed by more sets of four), I didn’t realize what I’d done to myself until I sat down and updated my calendar. That’s when I discovered how many things are scheduled against each other.

Oy vey!

This isn’t a job for Supergirl or Wonder Woman–it’s a job for Super-Secretary! If I could come up with some sort of heroine like that, she’d be sharp, focused. Have an eye for detail and a mind for logistics. She’d be able to plan a calendar that included all work projects, home events, and trips to Mom’s, that would effectively maximize the amount of things I can get done in the amount of time I have to do them and never miss a deadline or doctor’s appointment.

And she would know the answers.

Have you ever noticed that if you really want to know something, the best person to ask is the secretary?

I want someone like that.

I have projects coming up that I have no clue how to do. And while I have a network of people to help me, I hate to keep picking on them. Super-Secretary would already know the answers, and would probably have the groundwork laid before I had my first cup of coffee, which she would have already made and would serve it to me just the way I like it–bless her.

Right now, I’m typing on a new HP Pavilion x360 that I just set up yesterday. It’s not quite fully functional, but I did at least fix it to where I could work in my blog. My main computer is getting upgraded to Windows 10 so maybe Microsoft will stop giving me pop-up ads about the upgrade, but I wonder what I was thinking to let it upgrade this morning–Monday morning, the busiest time of the week because I have to make up for all the time I took off over the weekend.

Super-Secretary would have already set this computer up with everything I need and have the other one already upgraded. And to top it all off, she’d be able to tell me what would happen if I push that button or how to get this button to work like it does on the other computer.

I bet Super-Secretary would even know how to keep me from taking on more projects. I mean, seriously, why is “no” so hard to say?

The Lord has been warning me that MSB and I are facing some changes, both personally and professionally. Two major changes in particular. If He’s doing what I think He’s doing, I’m looking forward to them, but they’re going to require a lot of work on top of the work I already have lined up and a lot of time that will take away from the work I already have lined up. He knows this, so maybe He’s going to provide me with a Super-Secretary–or at least the organizational skills to become one myself.

Meanwhile, I’ll just see how much more time I can carve out for myself if I cut out sleep and meals.


About Linda W. Yezak

Author/Freelance Editor/Speaker (writing and editing topics).
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16 Responses to Overload

  1. Janetta says:

    Coming from a big picture person, I understand completely. I learned if I do something on each of the projects each day, pretty soon I’ve eaten (finished) the whole ‘elephant(s)’ (project). Blessings, my friend!


  2. lynnmosher says:

    And you haven’t hired a VA because………. 😉 Please take care of Linda! 😀


  3. Gay Ingram says:

    The most difficult word to say is ‘no.’ Because of husband’s deteriorating physical condition, I’ve had to say that a lot this past year. It’s hard…but not impossible. For my husband’s sake, I dropped out of a lot of commitments and have no regrets. Sometimes, we get ourselves obligated because we’re looking at our own capabilities instead of what God has set out for us to do. At east, that’s what I’ve come to realize.


  4. More coffee, less Facebook?

    I know I’ve got a pretty meaty first six months lined up for myself, and I’ve been trying to stay off FB more since the first of the year. I *need* to get to a point where I’m writing again because then I’ll be motivated to get up early in the morning and get at least writing done…


    • You may not have noticed, but I’m rarely on FB these days. A little while in the morning, a quick hit around noon, and another quick hit when I’m shutting down. Otherwise, I haven’t had fun on my favorite playground in quite some time. I miss it. 😦

      You need to get writing again. Go to work!!!


  5. Jody says:

    Linda, I can identify. Praying for you.


  6. Lori Ellis says:

    And here I am, business is slow. Wish I was closer and I’d gladly help. Although I should say….organizational skills? God has been on me about my lack of them for the last two years.


  7. Ironically, I just read a blog on organization. It suggested the issue most of us have is difficulty prioritizing rather than organization. The author went on to say we should make several lists, seperating personal, work, and household tasks. Then prioritize those. Sounds good unless you really have scheduled things so tightly you’ve used up all available hours in a twenty- four day.

    In my experience, God will help you sort things out. I just hope you are ready. He usually blindsides me. 😏


    • That’s true–prioritizing can be difficult. At this point, I’m looking at it more as triage. But I think I’ve got a handle on things this afternoon. The day always looks better after several cups of coffee. 😀

      And, yes, God has helped keep me on track today!


  8. K.M. Weiland says:

    I find myself in a bit of the same predicament. I was ambitious in my plans for the year and (as I have a tendency to do) didn’t make space for the inevitable surprise that pops up. Now I’m scrambling to readjust my schedule, which includes emailing others to cancel and rearrange mutual appointments (which I hate doing to people). Still, I figure as long as there’s a plan for moving forward, that’s what matters most.

    And if I’m one of those people you’re talking about, you don’t have to worry about picking on me! I’m always glad to help if I can.


    • I know how busy you are, so I hesitate to write–but you’re my one-stop shopping source of reliable information about all things publishing, so I can’t help it.

      Love ya–and if you need me for anything, just let me know. I always have time for you.

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